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Pvt Richard Benjamin Middleton
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Birth: Jun. 19, 1830
Death: Apr. 4, 1897

Richard Benjamin Middleton, son of William MIDDLETON and Elizabeth RYALS, was born in McIntosh County in the Blues Reach section in 1830. He enlisted as a Private in Capt O. C. Hopkins Company of the 1st Georgia Cavalry Battalion. The unit became Troop K of the 5th Georgia Volunteer Cavalry by General Order in January 1863. He was wounded at Saltville, Virginia in late 1864. After the cessation of hostilities he walked back to McIntosh County, arriving there in May 1865. His duty assignments included horse agent and round up man, and hospital steward. After the war, he moved to one of his plantations next to Walthourville Village in Liberty County where he resided until his death. In 1857, he married Mary Emily McGOWAN (1841-1905) of Liberty County, Georgia daughter of Gideon Alonzo McGOWAN and Nancy Ann SMITH. Richard and Emily were charter members of the Middleton Memorial Methodist Church in Long County and are buried in the cemetery there.
Source: [FAM REC Tommy D. Houston]

Also from Tommy Houston in an email to Tony Middleton dated 1/31/2012:
My uncle Harry Houston recalls sitting in his grand dad's lap and putting his finger in the hole in his hand where he took a Yankee bullet. Uncle Harry was born in 1890. Richard fared pretty well after the war. Obviously he was able to pay the taxes to the Tunic Campbell Regime. Grandmother Nora Augusta Middleton Houston inhered a large tract of his land in the river swamp that included Middleton Lake. After She was widowed, she sold it to Hilton and Dodge Lumber Co. for $700 (about 1000 Acres). My Great Aunts, Dolly Corine Middleton Swindell, Georgia Matilda Middleton Swindell, and Florence Middleton Futch all got money and livestock from R.B.'s estate. The Boys,
(Great Uncles) got land and established farms Uncle Joe got Griffen Swamp Rice fields, Uncle Johnny got the Walthourville Tract which I still own, and Uncle Harry Middleton got the Murray and Lang Bay Track. and R.B.'s home place just across the road from Walthourville Presbyterian Church. My Great grandfather Thomas Weyman Houston, was poor but honorable and was killed at Kennesaw - Atlanta Campaign. Buried at CSA Cemetery probably in a mass grave. His widow, Easter Baggs Houston raised 7 kids without a dime of welfare support. The Yankees even burned her little house located at the now Charlie Houston place on King Road (Old GC&P Railroad), and she made the terrible winter of 1864-65 in a pine bark hut. She lived until 1905.


 
 
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 Parents:
  William M. Middleton (1801 - 1871)
  Elizabeth Ryals Middleton (1808 - 1889)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Emily McGowan Middleton (1841 - 1905)
 
 Children:
  Dollie Corine Middleton Swindell (1858 - 1929)*
  Joseph Shelton Middleton (1860 - 1927)*
  John McGowan Middleton (1862 - 1940)*
  Nora Augusta Middleton Houston (1865 - 1949)*
  Georgia Matilda Middleton Swindell (1868 - 1935)*
  Florence G. Middleton Futch (1873 - 1910)*
  Harry R Middleton (1879 - 1917)*
 
 Siblings:
  Joseph S. Middleton (1828 - 1861)*
  Richard Benjamin Middleton (1830 - 1897)
  Martha Middleton Townsend (1832 - 1904)*
  Elizabeth Celia Middleton (1834 - 1876)*
  James W. Middleton (1838 - 1903)*
  Mary Matilda Middleton Townsend (1846 - 1915)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
Our Father
Richard B. Middleton
Born June 19, 1830
Married Oct 20, 1857
Died April 4, 1897
Aged 67 years 10 mos.
"A loving one has gone before whose pilgrim days are done. We soon shall greet him on that shore where partings are unknown."

 
Burial:
Middleton Memorial Cemetery
Ludowici
Long County
Georgia, USA
 
Created by: Lynette Kay
Record added: Sep 05, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41590401
Pvt Richard Benjamin Middleton
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Pvt Richard Benjamin Middleton
Added by: Tony Middleton
 
Pvt Richard Benjamin Middleton
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